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Kiss Me - I'm Irish!

Kiss Me - I'm Irish!

Posted 19 October 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: fur, ireland, victory

Top o' the mornin' to ya!

*Ehem!* Well just like the many Australians who like to pretend that Russell Crowe and Crowded House are "fully Oz", today I'm liking the idea that I'm "fully Irish". Alright, alright... so I haven't been there in a while, and I probably can't tell you who the current President of Ireland is*, but the truth is I was born in Ireland, and today I'm going to (soy)milk that for all it's worth. :-) Why..?

'Cause this month the Green party in Ireland has achieved a huuuuge victory for our furry friends - they banned fur farming! Yep, you heard right: Ireland has banned fur farming!! But that's not all - campaigners in Ireland are now setting their sights on banning imports of cruel fur products! Noice Wan!

Fur factory farms are a special type of hell for animals like foxes, raccoons and minks. These and other animals are locked in tiny cages and are often driven insane from the stress and frustration of unnatural confinement. These traumatised animals have been known to gnaw at their own flesh and even cannibalise their cagemates. Those that survive the 'farm' are destined to be anally or vaginally electrocuted, gassed or drowned before having their skin ripped from their small bodies.

Mink in Fur Farm

Unfortunately almost all fur in Australia is imported from Europe, the U.S. and Asia, where animals are treated just like this. Pretty sickening huh. We hope that other countries wake up and follow Ireland's compassionate lead in realising that animals need their fur more than ugly people do!

Meanwhile, you can help these little guys by signing the pledge to wear your own skin, and don't hesitate to remind any fur wearers where their coat or 'trim' really came from!

* My apologies to President Mary McAleese.

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